Grand Rapids Area Community Foundation celebrates “Community Giving to Community” matching funds campaign on #GivingTuesday

October 29, 2018


The Grand Rapids Area Community Foundation is celebrating the Community Giving to Community matching funds campaign again this year, on #Giving Tuesday, November 27.   The Grand Rapids Area Community Foundation provides matching funds for all donations to Area Community Funds through a $1M grant from Blandin Foundation.

The Community Giving to Community campaign allocates the million-dollar match in equal amounts to create and build five Community Funds:

  • Deer River Area Community Fund

  • Greater Itasca Area Community Fund

  • Greenway Area Community Fund

  • Hill City Area Community Fund

  • Nashwauk Area Community Fund

“This is a major investment in the future of our communities,” says Chris Fulton, Grand Rapids Area Foundation Executive Director.  “Each Community Fund has until December 19, 2019, to raise up to $200,000 that will be matched, dollar for dollar, creating the potential for $400,000 growth in their fund.”


#GivingTuesday is a global day of giving that harnesses the collective power of a unique blend of partners to transform how people think about, talk about, and participate in the giving season. It inspires people to take action to improve their communities, give back in better, smarter ways to the charities and causes they believe in, and help create a better world.

Community Funds provide a way for citizens and businesses to give to their local community.  Each Fund has an advisory committee that oversees grants for programs and activities throughout the community.  Annual earnings derived from the invested endowment are granted to local non-profit and charitable needs that benefit local families.


 #GivingTuesday, an international day of giving, is held annually on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving, this year on November 27.  This day kicks off the holiday giving season and inspires people to take collective action to improve their local communities and give back. (Unselfishly: “Oh, ‘unselfies’ – I can’t wait to talk about that,” remarks Sarah Copeland, Director of Grants and Programs at the Community Foundation.)  Copeland also notes, “Think of it this way: You have Thanksgiving, Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, Cyber Monday and #Giving Tuesday.  After the fury and frustration of the weekend, #GivingTuesday is the perfect way to get back to the mode of giving thanks.


“The collective pride of our communities and the level of energy and enthusiasm from all the volunteers is impressive.  These Community Funds offer a direct way for citizens to give back to the communities they love and provide ‘active hope’ by empowering communities to take charge of their future,” says Fulton.


Because of many wonderful community members like you, Area Community Funds have grown!  You can help your Area Community Fund reach their goal of making the million-dollar match during #GivingTuesday.

Area Community Fund                                                 Goal to achieve              Current

Deer River Area Community Fund                                  $200,000                      $13,114

Greater Itasca Area Community Fund                             $200,000                      $74,408

Greenway Area Community Fund                                   $200,000                    $142,302

Hill City Area Community Fund                                     $200,000                      $43,346

Nashwauk Area Community Fund                                  $200,000                    $124,635



You can help your Area Community Fund meet the million-dollar match goal!  Donations are accepted any time – online, through the mail, using your bank bill pay and many other ways, but consider stopping by the #GivingTuesday event in your local community.  You will have the opportunity to meet the Fund Advisory Committee members, have some refreshments, chat with your neighbors, and maybe get a free bag or other item.  Watch for more information about locations.  We will have our flags flapping and maybe even some live chatting on Facebook.  Join the fun!


The Grand Rapids Area Community Foundation is supporting the success of the five Community Funds with leadership, campaign materials, professional resources, and promotion on the Community Foundation’s website and Facebook page.


Donations to a Community Fund can take many forms, from cash to gifts of assets such as property or stock.  All gifts and donations to your Area Community Fund are accepted through the Grand Rapids Area Community Foundation and go directly into your Community Fund.  You can make your donation in person, through the mail or online.  Checks must be made payable to: the Grand Rapids Area Community Foundation.  Place the name of your Community Fund on memo line.


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